- The first MacBook powered by an Apple Silicon chip will arrive later this year, according to a new report without giving a release date or price information.
- The 12-inch MacBook 2020 will feature a variant of the iPhone 12 chip, as well as a custom Apple-made graphics processing unit.
- The laptop weighs only two kilograms and has a Retina display and a battery that lasts 15 to 20 hours.
We’ve been telling you for a few years now that the latest iPhones and iPads have A-Series chips so fast that they beat most of their rivals who run laptops and desktops. And rumors continued to say at the time that Apple was actually working on laptops and desktops that would contain A-series chips instead of Intel. Some of these rumors said that Apple̵
Apple has quietly killed the 12-inch MacBook line by not upgrading it. But it could be an ARM future for the design that introduced Apple’s thinnest laptop ever. The China Times reports that the new laptop will weigh less than a pound, which is about two pounds, and will launch at the end of the year.
The A14X chip that powers the MacBook has the code name “Tonga”, and it is manufactured by TSMC, the same foundry that has handled all Apple’s A-series chip needs since the iPhone 6s.
Size and weight are not the only exciting features of the new 12-inch MacBook. It is rumored that the device has a Retina display, USB-C connection and a battery of 15 to 20 hours. All of these features are possible thanks to the faster, more efficient 5nm processor. The chip not only supports high-resolution screens and resource-intensive apps, as happens with the iPad Pro. But it would also allow for slimmer design, as the laptop may not need the same type of cooling that Air and Pro models require. There is only speculation at this time, as it is unclear what kind of heat dissipation an A-series chip for laptops will require.
The report also notes that Apple will include its GPU in future Apple Silicon Macs, including a future iMac that will be launched in the second half of next year.
The GPU code name is “Lifuka”, and the chip is also built on a 5nm process, with TSMC also tasked with producing. The new GPU will reportedly offer better performance per watt and higher computing, the report notes.
Reports from other insiders said earlier this year that Apple’s first ARM laptop would be either a 12-inch device or a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. Separately, Bloomberg noted that Apple’s first Mac processors manufactured by Apple will contain 12 cores, including eight high-quality cores and four energy-efficient cores.
No matter what the first Apple Silicon-powered Mac will be, it’s likely that all of Apple’s MacBook Pro lines will switch to ARM chips in the next few years, just as Apple has promised. As for this rumored 12-inch MacBook, we have no actual release date or pricing information for it. But Apple may unveil the device during the upcoming iPhone 12 launch event.